We’re almost at the end of another weekend. We are also opening this weekend, stepping into April. It’s a very good idea to relieve stress or distraction by watching a nice movie on the weekend, during the time we have set aside for ourselves. The world of cinema is replenished with new films every day and sometimes it is very difficult to choose among all this cinema. That’s why, with our movie of the week offerings; We are here to recommend some of the best movies to cheer up the weekend and thus make your free time more productive. If you’re ready, great movies are waiting for you!
There are a total of 9 films on our list of movie recommendations for this week, ranging from drama to horror thriller, from action to comedy. All you have to do is scroll down the page to find summaries of these films, some of which are less well-known than they deserve, and some that have been praised by movie buffs!
You can also check out our article on last week’s movie recommendations: Good movie recommendations for those who are thinking about what to watch this weekend.
1. Cosmopolis (2012) – IMDB: 5.1
First on our list of recommended films of the week, Cosmopolis is a 2012 drama film directed by David Cronenberg. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. The film, starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti and Samantha Morton, won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. With a budget of $20 million, the film grossed only $11 million at the box office.
The film follows the life of Eric Packer, a wealthy and young financier from New York, in one day. Eric is about to attend a series of meetings as he travels around the city in his luxury limousine. However, during this journey, he faces crises in both his personal and business life. The film is built around the events that Eric goes through during his journey. These events include protest movements in the city, surprise visits from Eric’s employees and his ex-wife, and even an assassination attempt. The thoughts in Eric’s head during this process and memories of his past accompany the film.
2. Observer (2022) – IMDB: 6.3.
Watcher is a 2022 horror thriller film directed by Chloe Okuno. The film won the Best Short Film award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Dakota Fanning and Karl Glusman. Describing the psychological aspects of fear and a single woman’s struggle to survive, this film’s atmospheric, tension-intensifying soundtrack is an important feature of the production.
The film opens with Molly, a young woman being watched by a strange neighbor. When Molly noticed this monitoring incident and told the people around her about it; he is not taken seriously and begins to wonder if what he is seeing is his own imagination. However, when Molly finds out what her neighbor’s intentions are, she realizes that she has fallen into a dangerous game and begins to fight for survival.
3. Pigsty – Pigsty (1969) – IMDB: 6.6
This 1969 film by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini; It combines the genres of drama and comedy of the absurd. The film’s cast included such famous names as Jean-Pierre Léo, Alberto Lionello and Hugo Tognazzi. However, there is no clear information about the film’s budget and earnings. Pigpen was nominated for the New Cinema Award at the Venice Film Festival. Dealing with themes such as poverty, social decline, inhumane conditions and tyranny, Pigsty also questions the relationship between art and politics in the Pasolini style. Although the film draws attention with its vivid imagery and symbolic narrative, it offers an extraordinary cinematic experience, combining absurd comedy with dramatic scenes.
The film tells two different stories. The first story follows the adventure of Julian, the son of an Italian aristocrat, to lead a gang. In the second story, the wife of a German businessman tries to break the deadlock in her marriage by having an awkward affair with a farm pig. Both stories reveal the dark and destructive aspects of human nature.
4. Benedetta (2021) – IMDB: 6.7.
Benedetta is a 2021 French-Belgian historical drama film directed by Paul Verhoeven. The film tells the story of a nun’s obsessive relationship. Famous names such as Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson are also featured in the film. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was made on a budget of $10 million but did not achieve significant success at the box office.
While the film touches on topics such as the church, religion, and sexuality, it also highlights the woman’s desire for power, independence, and freedom. While the elements of violence, sexuality, and provocation often found in Paul Verhoeven’s films are present in Benedetta, it also draws attention with its plot and visually impressive scenes set in a historical setting.
Benedetta is based on a true story set in 17th century Italy. A film about a nun named Benedetta Carlini who commits a sin due to an obsessive relationship and then struggles to confess. As Benedetta struggles with the other nuns and monks in her convent, she is also forced to face the secrets that rule her life.
5. Den of Thieves – Crime Squad (2018) – IMDB: 7.0
Den of Thieves is a 2018 action crime film directed by Christian Gudegast. Starring Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Pablo Schreiber. The film was made on a massive $100 million budget; However, it performed well at the box office. While the film draws attention for its action scenes and tense moments, it also focuses on the psychological struggles between the characters. The plot ranges from the details of a robbery to personal infighting between the gangs.
Den of Thieves tells the story of the struggle between a special forces unit led by “Big Nick”, who serves in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and a gang. The gang commits a bank robbery in Los Angeles and then; The gang is pursued by a special unit led by Big Nick. However, the gang manages to stay one step ahead of the special unit every step of the way, and their fight becomes more and more personal.
6. Quiz – Quiz (1994) – IMDB: 7.5
Quiz Show is a 1994 drama film directed by Robert Redford. A movie about the scandal that started when Charles Van Doren cheated on the game show The Real Matters. The film’s cast includes Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro and Rob Morrow. The film received positive reviews from critics and was made on an $11 million budget. Quiz was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing, and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The film is set in 1950s America against the backdrop of the popular NBC game show The Real Questions. A young and intelligent participant in the program, Charles Van Doren became a television star, winning the admiration of the audience. However, the whole country starts talking about this scandal when it turns out that Van Doren cheated at the competition. The Quiz Show, while discussing the power and influence of television, also questions moral values in American society. The focus of the film is the inner worlds and emotional conflicts of the characters; It covers not only the fraud scandal, but also the complex world in which people oscillate between being honest and lying.
7. 25th hour – 25th hour (2002) – IMDB: 7.6
The 25th Hour is a 2002 crime drama film directed by Spike Lee. It stars Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper and Rosario Dawson. The film tells about the last 24 hours of a person’s life after the September 11 attacks.
Although the film was a limited box office success, it received positive reviews from critics. Edward Norton’s performance was especially appreciated. The film was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards.
The plot of the film focuses on the last 24 hours of Montgomery Brogan’s life. Brogan is a man who was caught for drug trafficking and is about to go to jail. However, he wants to spend the last night before going to prison. During this time, spending time with your childhood friends and sweetheart; He faces his mistakes in his life and tries to decide what to do in the future. The plot of the film is based on the betrayal of Brogan by one of his accomplices, Frank. When Brogan finds out that his accomplices have betrayed him, he wants to find them and get revenge. However, he will not be the one to make the final decision about his experiences.
8. Homeless (2015) – IMDB: 7.7
The 2015 film Beasts of No Nation is a drama and war film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The film follows a boy’s war in West Africa in the 1980s and the consequences of his military leadership. The film received prizes for best director and best cinematography at the awards ceremony of the Association of Film Writers of the Far East. The film’s cast includes names such as Idris Elba, Avraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese and Kurt Egyavan. The film was distributed by Netflix and watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
Beasts of No Nation is about a little boy named Agu. Agu lost his father and brother during a military coup. Left alone in his house, Agu comes under the protection of the Commander, the leader of the armed group. The Commander assists Agu in his fight to survive, but also trains him to use in combat. As Agu continues to stay in the war and fight alongside the commander, he is affected by his injuries.
9. Thirteen Lives – Thirteen Lives (2022) – IMDB: 7.8
Thirteen Lives, filmed in 2022, is a drama film based on a true story. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton.
The plot of the film is based on the rescue operation in the Tham Luang cave, which took place in Thailand in 2018. A group of young soccer players are locked in a cave with their coach, and an international rescue team is mobilized to rescue them. This complex rescue operation was the focus of the world’s media for 18 days. The plot of the film is based on the true story of Irish diver Jim Warney, the leader of the rescue team. The film leaves a deep impression on the audience, describing the sacrifice, deprivation and superhuman efforts of the rescue team.
We’ve reached the end of our movie offerings for the week, hope to see you next week…
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